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My name is Bernadette George and
I was a cook in the original Breakfast
They doesn t call it Breakfast Shed
now, but I still call it Breakfast Shed.
They now calling it Fammes du Chal-
ice or whatever. Fam du Sha-lay, Fem
du Cha-lay or something. I can t pro-
nounce it. I would bite my tongue.
My mother from Union Island, St
Vincent, my father from Grenada. I
born and grow up in Laventille. Then
I went to Morvant. I have a daughter
myself. Sheries. That s my daughter.
Morvant was real nice. It change
to now. It don t have the love again.
But I born and grow there and I will
die right there.
In we days, before school, we get
up, we full four drums with water.
We help the neighbour full a next
drum. From the standpipe, pulling box-
cart. But now, young people don t even
self help old people cross the streets!
Everybody going to get old; but these
young ones don t care bout nothing.
I went Malick Girls RC but I didn t
like too much of book-work; I liked
hard work. Like cooking, cleaning out.
From small, I like to cook. And they
teach me how to cook at home. I leave
school early, after my father died, to
help my mother. I don t regret it. I
make my way with cooking. I come
from nothing to reach somewhere.
Breakfast Shed is a generation
thing: each mother bring in their
daughter, but I come in like a worker.
The best thing I remember is getting
my stall from Miss Ruth. She die now.
I m a Baptist. My faith is important
to me. If I didn t believe in God, I
wouldn t reach where I reach today.
They have another Bernadette in
the Shed: Bernadette Smith: that s
my girl! We from way back. Don t
mind me and she don t get along so
much. She used to ask me, "Bernadette,
we going to make it?" I used to tell
she, "Yes!" And we did make it.
God is right next to you. But you
have to believe in him to see him.
With him, you go succeed; without
him, you go suck salt.
Cro-Cro and Sparrow come like
prophets. They see the future in front
of them. And, if you wait long enough,
you see everything come to pass.
The Breakfast Shed was down by
the Hyatt. Way, way back, before I
reach to the old one, and to this one
here, it was somewhere by the bus ter-
minus side. But that was before my
I started in the Breakfast Shed at
the age of 32 years. I didn t start with
my mother, I started with the older
heads. Miss Ruth. I going on in it
about 20 years.
I make breakfast. Into break-
fast, you cook lunch. Into lunch,
that s it, and you go home until
next morning. It s very satisfying
work, feeding people, but it s very
hard work. But that s okay because
I love hard work.
I buy, choose all the foodstuff
myself. My daughter and them
can t shop for me. Because I go
find a fault. Then banana not
going to look good; them fig not
going to suit my styling. I give
the food to my daughter them to
cook; I could trust them with that.
I resigning just now, so she will
have to take over. I will still go in
the market when I resign, because
I can t sit down, I ll be still exer-
cising the body.
Breakfast Shed is a place where
you could get a big pile of good
food for a reasonable price.
Everybody comes to the Breakfast
Shed: from high to low; from for-
eign to local. Big shot. Small man.
White, Chinee, Potogee, French,
Indian. And you can t talk French,
you have to teach them Trini. But
they understand the food, though.
Breakfast Shed open every day
but, coming down to Christmas,
all o we take we holidays. The
whole place shut down for a week,
two weeks, and we open back for
The best thing about having a
shop in the Breakfast Shed is the
independence. It very nice to work
for yourself. And to have some-
thing to hand on to your daughter.
The bad part is you have the up
A Trini is a hardworking per-
son. But young people now, they
don t like to work.
I been Jamaica, Barbados,
Caracas, Curacao. You need to
see other places. But Trinidad,
that s my home.
TRINI TO D BONE
Bernadette George, right, at the Breakfast Shed in Port-of-Spain.
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